Syllabus for American Mass Media II

Amerikanska massmedier II

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN725
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2010-12-08
  • Established by: The Board of the Department of English
  • Revised: 2011-09-01
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of English
  • Applies from: week 28, 2011
  • Entry requirements: Completed course American Mass Media 7.5 credits or within the humanities and social sciences disciplinary research domain.
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The course is a self-contained course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the component students will be able to
- give an account of the main features of several central media theories in relation to the September 11, 2001 events in the US, concerning news assessments, cultural memory, visual culture, popular culture, political communication, and the Internet
- carry on a critical discussion about the many different roles of the US media during and following 9/11, on the basis of the main concepts introduced in the component.


The component discusses problems and issues regarding modern US mass media. We use the events of September 11, 2001, in the US to introduce students to a number of media theories and perspectives that illuminate the various roles and significance of the media in US culture.


Group instruction, self-study. Teaching, class discussions, and examination are in English


Examination is both oral and in writing. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, to have another examiner appointed.

Course level in relation to degree requirements

The course cannot be included as a main field of study in a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on two occasions during the following semester. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have been read within another course included in the degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Bennett, W. Lance; Lawrence, Regina G.; Livingston, Steven When the press fails : political power and the news media from Iraq to Katrina

    Chicago, IL: University of Chicago press, 2007

    Find in the library


  • Jones, Alex S. Losing the news : the future of the news that feeds democracy

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

    Find in the library


  • Rosenberg, Howard; Feldman, Charles S. No time to think : the menace of media speed and the 24-hour news cycle

    London: Continuum, 2009

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions